An update on Diaspora
I want to talk about Diaspora a little bit more. Last night (at an hour completely appropriate to computer geeks) the development team posted an update to their blog, and I think (emphasis on “think”) I have a little better understanding of how it will work.
From a technical perspective (and stay with me, here, I promise to spend minimal time geeking out at you), Diaspora won’t run on your computer without using a second piece of software, and getting that installation to work properly is a lot more tricky than the average Windows or Mac user is used to. From the standpoint of the guys writing Diaspora, they don’t want to have to support anything but the software they wrote.
Web geeks will instantly recognize that this just means throwing the Diaspora distro in the web root of your apache sandbox and then opening your browser to the Diaspora directory in localhost. The rest of us get lost at “distro” (it’s a truncated form of “distribution”).
The short version is that somebody needs to write a setup program that handles the installation details for you, so that you don’t have to worry about them.
But this brings up an important question: if Diaspora required the installation of special software in addition to your web browser, would you still be willing to use it?